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17TH ANNUAL DETROIT TOUR OF URBAN GARDENS AND FARMS. Wednesday, August 6th 6-9PM Eastern Market Shed 3. Register HERE today!

Say nice things about Detroit! A bankrupt city? A food desert? One giant farm? Ignore all you’ve heard and join us for the 17th Annual Tour of Urban Gardens and Farms to learn how Detroit’s urban agriculture community is addressing challenges facing the city and growing a vibrant food system. This year’s tour will include simultaneous routes throughout the city via bike and bus. Eastside Bus Tour: We’ll take it to the lower Eastside on this tour to visit Feedom Freedom, Vedic Village, Three Sisters and Faith Farm. These great gardens see the open space as true opportunities to transform vacant lots into thriving community spaces. North Bus Tour: This tour featuring a lot of new gardens is sure to impress with the diversity of gardens and farms. Heading up I-75, we’ll sweep through Hamtramck to see Hamtown Farm and then head up to the northeast for stops at Farwell Field, Buffalo Street Market Garden and the IMPACT senior garden at St. John Conner Creek Village. Westside Bus Tour: We’ll meander through the bountiful Brightmoor neighborhood, including a stop to hear from the youth at Lamphere Community Garden. En route, we’ll visit City Temple Community Garden and Orchard Street Garden, bursts of fresh food and flowers along Grand River! Downtown Bike: Strap on your helmet as we head Downtown to visit an array of great gardens including Lafayette Greens, Plum Street Market Garden, Frederick Douglass School, Labrosse Farm and Fresh Cut Detroit flower farm. This tour will highlight some of the entrepreneurial efforts of small businesses in the city, including Detroit Grown and Made, where  Food Lab Detroit’s entrepreneurs are making limited run products with  Grown in Detroit produce. Northend Bike Tour: Get your water bottle ready for this loop to the North End. Although this is the longest route, it will be worth the pedaling as we see an abundance of gardens in the neighborhood, including Oakland Avenue Market Garden and Central Detroit Christian’s Community Garden and Farm and Fishery Project. We’ll also hear from Detroit Black Community Food Security Network about their plans for the new Food Co-op in the neighborhood. Eastside Bike Tour: Although this is the shortest route, there is no shortage of great gardens on this eastside route. With a little help from the Eastside Riders, we’ll stop at Earthwork Urban Farm, Genesis Hope’s Garden and Farmers’ Market and then pedal through the famed Farnsworth Neighborhood for a few garden visits there!

All tours will leave from Eastern Market Shed 3, located east of Russell Street between Adelaide and Division Streets in Detroit. Check-in begins at 5:00pm and tours will leave at 6:00pm sharp. After the tour, a reception featuring locally-grown food and refreshments prepared by local chefs will provide you with a taste of Detroit’s delicious food system. Early registration is strongly recommended. To register by phone please call 313-757-2635. The fee for the tour, payable in advance or at the door, is a sliding scale $5-$75 to offset costs and help grow Detroit’s agriculture movement.

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THIS SUMMER TREAT YOURSELF TO A MEAL AND SUPPORT GROWN IN DETROIT. The next time you schedule a meeting away from the office, plan a night out with friends and family, or select a caterer to provide food for an event please consider supporting Grown in Detroit by choosing one of the restaurants and food businesses that sources it’s fresh, local fruits and vegetables from Grown in Detroit.

THIS YEAR ENCOURAGE A FRIEND, RELATIVE, OR NEIGHBOR TO…

2014_Grow Something_v2Join our efforts to make sure that the Garden Resource Program (GRP) is a resource for ALL of the city’s residents. The garden is one place where growth occurs, but growing can take place on a window sill, flower bed or mason jar. If you’re interested in nutrition, you can grow kale in a container for your juicer. Family cooks can begin a window sill garden to have fresh herbs for recipes. There are many opportunities to start growing something for everyone and no Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park garden is too big or small to participate in the GRP or classes and events hosted by Keep Growing Detroit that support healthy living and connecting to community. If there are community groups or organizations that you think would like to grow, Keep Growing Detroit’s staff is happy to attend community events to share information. For more information, contact us!

OFFICE HOURS

Keep Growing Detroit hosts office hours every Wednesday from 4PM to 6PM and Friday from 10AM to 12PM at our main office located at 76 E. Forest, Detroit 48201. Come visit us to ask questions, get answers, and chat about your garden!